Warner Bros still wants Tenet in cinemas in July

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Warner Bros still isn’t moving Christopher Nolan’s Tenet from its July release date – and it won’t unless it absolutely has to, it seems.

It remains the last blockbuster standing this side of August, and as we wrote last week, all eyes are currently in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet to see if that becomes the film to try and get people back into cinemas when they eventually reopen.

The movie has long staked out a July 17th release date, and even though the chances are that cinema attendances will be lower, one big blockbuster could financially clean up if that was pretty much the only choice out there.

But there’s something else too. Tenet is already being seen as something of a rallying call for cinema. A huge release that could potentially sway people back to the multiplex. As such, Warner Bros is reluctant to move the film unless it absolutely has to. Right not, it’s hedging its bets that the worldwide lockdown will have started to relax by the time July comes around. There’s no guarantee of that, of course. But the industry needs a movie to rally around, and Tenet – a flat out big screen film – is very much it.

Should it move, the next big film on the calendar is the already-delayed Wonder Woman 84. Again, that’s a Warner Bros release.

Ironically, all of this comes at a point when the studio had been believed to be considering where it stands on theatrical releases longer term (it’s dialled back on this a little since), with the news that it’s now sending Scoob! straight to premium video on demand next month, skipping cinemas altogether.

We wait and see what the next few weeks brings. More as we hear it, of course.


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